The Metropolitan Adelaide Water Supply System’s goal for this $500 million
project was to integrate two existing systems to better deliver water and
wastewater services to 1.5 million people across South Australia. The plan
involves extensive changes to existing supply configurations to increase water
supply and security.
WaterGEMS and HAMMER were used to create detailed designs. The
WaterGEMS model for the project, which includes six water treatment plants,
67,000 pipes, 96 storage tanks, 110 pump stations, and 240 control valves, has
been extensively utilized through every phase of integration. WaterGEMS was
also used to model changes in supply pressure, water age, chlorine residual,
and water main velocity.
Established in 1908, the University of British Columbia educates a student
population of 50,000. The university’s principal campus in Vancouver is 1,000
acres and has an award-winning model for environmental sustainability. Recently,
the university selected Urban Systems to create an integrated water master
plan that complements the university’s commitment to sustainable growth.
Urban Systems Ltd.
UBC Integrated Water Management Plan
WaterGEMS, SewerGEMS, and GIS recordkeeping enabled the creation of an
adaptive framework for scenario-based decision making that ensures a water
infrastructure that is neither over- nor under-sized. Peak demands have been
significantly reduced, and accurate modeling indicated that only marginal
upgrades are required to accommodate 25 years of growth. An estimated $6.5
million will be saved on avoidable future capital upgrades.